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News: IAG renews calls for air passenger duty reform

International Airlines Group has warned the government air passenger duty undermines Britain’s position as a global trading nation post-Brexit and reduces the chance of its new long-haul, low-cost airline brand Level flying from UK regions. IAG is looking to expand Level, which launched flights from Barcelona to the US and Latin America last year and will fly from Paris to the Caribbean and North America in July. In a letter to members of parliament, IAG said abolishing air passenger duty would make it more likely that Level could operate from…

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News: UK Civil Aviation Authority launches passenger seating review

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has launched a review of airline allocated seating polices after conducting consumer research that showed the current approach to allocated seating is causing confusion. The CAA research of over 4,000 consumers who have flown as part of a group (of two or more people) in the last year, found that just over half of respondents reported that their airline informed them before they booked their flight that they would need to pay to ensure their group could sit together. At the same time, ten per…

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News: Flybe sees passenger revenues increase for third quarter

Regional carrier Flybe has recorded 8.5 per cent growth in passenger revenue to £159 million, for the three months ending January 31st. The news comes as the airline also saw a 4.2 per cent reduction in seat capacity to three million over the period. Christine Ourmieres-Widener, chief executive at Flybe, said: “We are making strong progress against our sustainable business improvement plan. “During this quarter, we continued with our planned fleet and capacity reductions and delivered higher load factors, increased passenger numbers and strong unit revenue performance. “We expect this…

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News: easyJet sees passenger numbers rise as rivals falter

easyJet has welcomed a 14.4 per cent rise in revenue in the three months to December 31st. Figures at the Luton-based low-cost carrier were buoyed by the collapse of rivals Monarch, airberlin and Alitalia, and the impact of mass flight cancellations at Ryanair. At the same time, easyJet reported revenue of £1.24 billion for the period, while passenger numbers rose 8.8 per cent to 18.8 million. Capacity rose 5.5 per cent to 20.4 million seats and load factor jumped by 2.1 percentage points to 92.1 per cent. The airline released…

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News: Wizz Air reports record passenger numbers for 2017

Wizz Air has announced that it carried a record number of passengers in 2017. At the same time, the carrier expanded its operations significantly, placed its largest-ever aircraft order, launched a part-sponsored training scheme for aspiring pilots and introduced a number of enhancements to its customer experience. In 2017 Wizz Air carried more than 28 million passengers on its low-fare routes, some 24 per cent more than in 2016. Some 14 brand new aircraft joined Wizz Air’s fleet, including 13 Airbus A321 and one Airbus A320 aircraft, taking the size…

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News: London Luton Airport breaks passenger records in 2017

London Luton Airport has welcomed 15.7 million passengers in 2017, marking an 8.6 per cent increase compared with the previous year and making 2017 the airport’s busiest year on record. This year is set to be another exciting year, with the airport celebrating its 80th anniversary and marking crucial milestones in its transformation. This includes the official opening of the newly extended terminal building, which will offer passengers a greater variety of shops and restaurants, as well as a new boarding pier with eight new boarding gates. Passengers will also…

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News: Vietnam Airlines reaches 200 million passenger milestone

To commemorate this achievement during over two decades of establishment and development, Vietnam Airlines hosted a ceremony to welcome the 200 millionth passenger with the honoured presences of senior officials from ministry of transport, representatives from the Airports Corporation Vietnam and employees of the airline. The three special 200 millionth, 199,999,999th and 2,000,001st passengers, whose name is Nguyen Truong Chinh, Ngo Huy Hoang and Phan Thi Thu Hang respectively, were on the flight number VN223 from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, landing off at Tan Son Nhat International Airport….

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